Here I am, a grown man trying to critique ANT-MAN AND THE WASP.
But guess what, you don't have to be a nerd to enjoy this 20th release in a decade from Marvel's Cinematic Universe series.
And if for nothing else this sequel to 2015's ANT-MAN makes it Marvel's first SUPERHEROINE entry. This wasp really stings!
That's thanks to a much more 'Hope Van Dyne'-developed character by Evangeline Lilly.
She is feisty and headstrong in the sequel which now makes things play both faster and funnier than in the original.
But make no mistake about it, it is Paul Rudd's wit and wisecracking that makes this picture.
Rudd gets more out of 'so-so' dialogue than practically anyone else I can think of.
He's a natural in the title role.
The story here picks up after CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR when Ant-Man was put under house arrest.
Well, our superhero is back now trying to balance his home life when physicist 'Hank Pym' (Michael Douglas) presents him with an urgent NEW mission that pits Ant-Man not against, but alongside the Wasp!
And so it goes with ever more size-shifting and some really fun-effects up and down the streets of San Francisco---not to mention a nostalgic confrontation involving a giant 'Hello Kitty' PEZ dispenser.
The CGI effects are really developed well in this film. And its supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at either. It includes the likes of Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer as 'Janet Van Dyke.'
One important note of interest to the fan base!
Be sure to stay through the very end of the movie for a quite telling post-credits scene. (Nuff said.)
So downsize your imagination---or better yet, EXPAND IT...and you'll have as much fun with this movie as the person sitting next to you is having
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP opens this holiday week in 2-D, 3-D, IMAX and in other various Premium Large Screen formats.
My rating: B
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